I am an award-winning photographer and filmmaker recently relocated to Chicago from San Francisco. My work has appeared in Slate, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The California Sunday Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Huffington Post, High Country News, Port, The Advocate, Longreads, Out, Afar, Dazed & Confused, SF Weekly, Feature Shoot, CityLab, Paper, Material Magazine, and many others.
I developed an ongoing series focusing on performers at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, a Tenderloin bar that hosts a long-running weekly drag show. In 2014, I made a short film about three of the performers entitled Beautiful By Night. The film was chosen as a staff pick on Vimeo and screened at the Tenderloin Museum, 2015 Boston LGBT Film Festival, Frameline39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015 Atlanta DocuFest, and other festivals. It was the recipient of a Platinum Award at the 2015 Spotlight Documentary Awards.
I recently finished a documentary about San Francisco's Night Ministry entitled Even In Darkness. The film follows their Director, Lyle Beckman, as he provides face-to-face counseling and intervention to people in crisis on the streets. The project is a beneficiary of the 2016 San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Collaborative grant in conjunction with the Tenderloin Museum. The film premiered at the 20th United Nations Associations Film Festival in 2017.
I was recently selected as one of the Magenta Foundation's 2018 Flash Forward top emerging photographers.
You can contact me here (jameschosking - at - gmail.com).